Irina Kustova is a Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), specialising in energy and climate policy. Irina’s expertise lies in energy transition and security, with a particular focus on energy markets, hydrogen and renewable gases, renewables uptake, and climate diplomacy. With over a decade of professional experience, Irina has provided top-tier research and advisory services to public institutions and international organisations. She has delivered successful projects for clients, including the European Commission, the European Parliament, and the European Climate Foundation.
As a task lead, Irina develops stakeholder engagement strategies, delivers internal briefings, and manages various types of events. Her analysis and expert opinion are frequently sought after by prominent media outlets and academic institutions. Irina is a published author in refereed journals and a regular speaker at conferences and events of inter alia Euractiv, IAI, SWP, and the Clean Energy Summit. Before joining CEPS, she conducted consultancy work and held several assignments at the ACER and the Energy Charter Secretariat. Irina holds a Ph.D. in International Studies cum laude from the University of Trento and an MA in European Studies from Maastricht University.